The 2nd Venture Podium at UNAA Chicago 2019

The Ugandan North American Association invites you to the second VENTURE PODIUM which will be held during the Trade and Investments Forum at its 31st UNAA Convention in Chicago, IL on Friday August 30, 2019.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

At what was then called the “Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop” held during the 2004 UNAA Convention in Seattle, attendees were challenged to form an investment group.  This challenge raised $80,000.00 with which the group bought a building in Kampala from which they very happily derive rental income to this day.

In response to a presentation on IT opportunities at the 2009 UNAA convention in Chicago, a Los Angeles based engineering firm entered into an agreement with a local Ugandan company for the provision of technical support services.  Today this Ugandan company provides about $250,000 worth of technical support services annually to several clients in the US.

In response to a presentation by the Chancellor of Gulu University at the 2011 UNAA Convention, an attendee from Canada built 2 student hostels units near the campus and is enjoying very profitable returns.

These are just some of the more visible outcomes of past workshops at UNAA conventions.

The venture podium is a period of time that has been set aside in the afternoon session of the Trade and Investments Forum where aspiring entrepreneurs in our community will be given an opportunity to stand in front of and pitch their business ideas to the entire gathering.  Presenters may pitch their ideas in search of investors, partners or merely to solicit feedback on a potential project or venture already underway.

But it is important to put this venture podium feature in perspective.  The business outcomes highlighted above were the result of individuals taking the independent initiative to act in response to information presented in the forums.  The Chancellor of Gulu University came to the convention and made a presentation on a specific business opportunity.  An attendee was attracted by the opportunity and acted upon it.

It is important to note that this will not be a contest with a pot of money on the line for the winners.  This will be a time set aside for people to present their ideas or projects to a gathering of people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds including government officials (from both Uganda and North America), existing business owners, other entrepreneurs, academicians, and others.  Any of these could become investors, partners or active advisors in any of the projects presented and presenters will have an opportunity to further network during a reception to be held after the forum and throughout the rest of the convention.

So anyone who would like to make a presentation in this session should send an email with a summary of their project to venturepodium@unaaonline.org.  Projects can be in Uganda or anywhere in North America.  Presenters can also come from Uganda or North America.

So join us in Chicago this coming Labor Day weekend for the 2nd Venture Podium that will be held during the 11th Annual Trade and Investments Forum at the 2019 UNAA Convention.

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